Joe’s Special Box – Volume 21

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

This Georgian ring is complete perfection – from the cushion cut .50 carat Burma ruby in the center to the swirls and whorls of 18 karat yellow gold that create the band.  Probably made during the early to mid-1800’s, this open work beauty is in mint condition and would be an asset to any jewelry box.  

  

My eyes hardly know what to look at first…  the rich red of the ruby, those killer Old Mine Cut diamonds, or the intricate beaded gold work.  Each detail has been tended to with the utmost care, not one thing was neglected.  I can see why Joe chose to add this ring to his Special Box.  Priced at $2550, it’s ideal for a non-traditional engagement ring or a right hand ring.  Visit us at Joden and see it for yourself.

“You can go to a museum and look, or come to Joden and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Carrie Martin

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A Revival

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Baubles, Bling, and Rejuvenated Things

Four months…  that’s how long it’s been since I sat down to share a story, a treasure, or a lovely little trinket with you.  I’m excited to be back – I feel rejuvenated! 

In business and in life, a new year often inspires (or requires) us to do inventory – whether it be a mental accounting of our own day to day habits or an actual itemization of our assets and possessions.  Joden is no exception.  The month of January (and often February) has us going over every single piece of jewelry…  Every.  Single.  Piece.

The most mundane part – the absolute worst part – of inventory is writing new tags.  Those tiny gold tags that are attached to each item.  I hate writing tags.  A lot.  I prolong it.  I ask my coworkers to write them for me.  Anything for a distraction.  My favorite form of procrastination is trying on jewels – especially rings!  I like to stack them on my left hand so that I can admire them while writing those darn little tags! 

That’s exactly how I discovered these beauties.  I was digging through a tray of vintage rings (not writing tags!) and there they were.  Just waiting for me.  Imagine this pile of rose gold goodness stacked on each finger, three or four rings high – maybe a midi band (a charming little ring worn between your top two knuckles) or two… Victorian treasures too good to resist!  These antique bands were all the rage during the 1880’s and 1890’s.  Sometimes referred to as “Cigar Bands”, they feature deeply engraved patterns in an eclectic mix of styles. 

There are flowers and leaves, tiny four-leaf clovers, lacey edges, and scrolled lines.  Some are gold-filled while others are crafted from 10 or 14 karat.  Each one is over 150 years old – some still have initials and wedding dates carefully inscribed inside.  I love them all…  especially the fourth one from the top.  It’s mine.  I wear it on the middle finger of my left hand.  Its soft rosy glow is a perfect complement to the cool platinum and buttery 18 karat yellow gold of my wedding rings (shown below).

They are ideal wedding bands, right-hand rings, middle and index finger rings.  They’re adorable midi rings, and perfect for everyday wear.  Each is unique with a style all its own.  Come visit me at Joden – you’ll be as enchanted as I am!

“You can go to a museum and look, or come Joden and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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We’ve Got the Blues

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Cerulean Things

Did you ever take one of those Facebook quizzes…  like “What is the color of your soul?”  For me, the answer is always blue.  When I was a teenager, I had a mood ring.  It didn’t seem to matter what my mood was, the stone never changed colors…  it was a constant shade of blue.  It makes perfect sense…  whether it be cobalt, denim, indigo or teal; midnight, navy, cyan or cerulean – blue is my jam.  It reminds me of a beautiful summer sky and long lazy days at the ocean.  It speaks to me…

You can imagine how much I love each of these bands!  From the enameled Lily of the Valley on the left to the swirls of blue enamel in the center, and ending with modern circles of white gold and blue enamel on the right – each ring is more unique than the last.

    

The first band is an 18 karat white gold wide band with a cobalt blue enamel backdrop featuring a Lily of the Valley design.  The leaves are a bright green enamel with a tiny fully faceted round brilliant diamond forming each flower.  The flowers invert with each blossom to create an endless pattern.  This ring would make a perfect right hand ring or a non-traditional wedding band.  It’s available on our site for just $1300.00.

The second band is also created from 18 karat white gold.  The unique design of this piece is reminiscent of a stained glass window.  Sections of white gold are used to create the circular framework, and a bright blue enamel fills each space to finish the look.  This kind of enameling is called plique-a-jour.  Priced at just $1200.00, this unusual piece is also available on our site. 

Chase away the blues with one of these stylish and fun bands!  Check them out on our site or drop by our showroom today.  You won’t be singing the blues anymore!

Go to our site and look, then come to Joden and touch.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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